Rock Climbing

The San Juan Mountains that surround Telluride exhibit a wide range of ecological characteristics. These characteristics combined with the beautiful scenery of the region provide the ideal setting for rock climbing and mountaineering.

The Hotel Columbia is the perfect home base for your next Telluride rock climbing or mountaineering adventure. Conveniently located a short distance from the Hotel Columbia is a large variety of Telluride climbing routes and most of the mountaineering trailheads.

After your day of adventure, return to the Hotel Columbia our Telluride luxury hotel where your room or suite offers the ultimate in luxury and relaxation. Amenities such as: heated tile floors and heated towel bars in the bathroom, gas-burning fireplaces, steam showers and even private hot tubs allow you to rest your weary muscles. After a restful night’s sleep on our deluxe, pillow-top mattresses, and our complimentary, deluxe-continental breakfast, you will surely be ready for another day of exploring the Telluride region.

The Telluride area has many options for guests and locals looking to experience the adrenaline sports of rock climbing and mountaineering.  Rock climbing is growing in popularity and is a great way to experience the mountain first hand.  Whether you have been climbing for a lifetime or have never been on a rope, the Telluride region has rock climbing areas for all ability types.  Within a few miles of our Telluride luxury hotel, Hotel Columbia there are several crag areas to get your heart pumping.  A few local favorites are:

  • The Ophir Wall – offers multi-pitch climbs ranging in difficulty
  • Ames Head Wall – offers a variety of difficulty on stratification rock
  • Falls Wall and Streaked Wall – located near Bridal Veil Falls there climbs are a newer and offer moderate levels of difficulty

Many people who have visited Telluride have looked to the majestic peaks surrounding the town and have wondered what it would take to make it to their summits.  Mountaineering is a wonderful way to experience the regions high country meadows, peaks, and areas above tree line. This sport provides the ultimate is self satisfaction and accomplishment.
Due to the inherent dangers associated with rock climbing and mountaineering, we highly recommend using the San Juan Outdoor School.

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